Thailand Scuba Diving Courses
1-12 weeks from £379
- Learn scuba diving from scratch – or improve your skills – in the beautiful blue waters off Thailand.
- Or carve out a career in diving – become a scuba diving instructor in Thailand.
- The complete diving school – everything from open water to elite divemaster qualifications.
- One of the best scuba diving spots in South East Asia.
If you’re interested in scuba diving, you’ll already know how wonderful the underwater world can be. Scuba diving in Thailand – in a beautiful setting like the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll be experiencing some of the best diving anywhere in Asia, maybe the world.
Learn, qualify, enjoy
We’re offering you proper, serious training with fully accredited leaders, giving you a great opportunity if you want to start a career in scuba diving. But if that’s not your goal, even the basic qualification opens up a world of adventure and excitement that’s yours to explore safely so you can scuba dive in Thailand.
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Choose your programme depending upon your current diving experience and how far you want to go with your scuba diving. Your Thailand itinerary will change according to the course choices you make.
All of our courses follow the PADI standard. If you’ve trained to the BSAC (British Scuba Aqua Club) equivalent, our programme will get you to PADI standard.
Level 1 – PADI Open Water
A four-day course giving you a basic licence to scuba dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 metres. There are five academic modules, four open water dives and additional confined dives.
Level 2 – Advanced Open Water
A two or three day course (depending on the electives you choose), giving you a licence to scuba dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 30 metres. You have to complete five scuba dives – night dive, deep dive, underwater photography or videography and more.
Level 3 – Emergency First Response
This non-scuba diving qualification is a pre-requisite for all divers looking to go beyond Level 2. You learn both primary and secondary care, including resuscitation techniques, CPR skills and identifying how to treat someone in difficulty. You can take this course at the same time as the Rescue Diver qualification.
Level 4 – Rescue Diver
In four days you’ll complete five academic modules that equip you to be a competent rescue diver. You learn emergency management, how to identify equipment problems, ways of identifying diver stress and panic, and how to administer diver first aid.
Please note: To start a PADI Rescue course you will be required to have 20 logged dives. If you are starting from no certification (doing the Open water to Rescue programme), you will have 9 dives after the 2 courses and will require an extra week to ensure that you have the required number of dives. If you are already certified (either Advanced & Rescue programme or straight Rescue course) you may already have enough logged dives.
Level 5 – Divemaster
This professional qualification is the most sought after of all diving qualifications and a starting point for a scuba diving career. It allows you to work in a scuba diving school or centre and to work alongside instructors teaching students. The course takes eight weeks, includes 42 dives and covers a wide range of theory, practical instruction and dive mentoring. We offer four programmes that include this qualification, depending on your experience. You must have completed 60 logged dives overall to achieve the Divemaster qualification.
Level 6 – Instructor Development Course
This 19 day course equips you with all the skills you need to work in or run a dive centre – including business skills. At the end of the course you’ll take a 3-day instructor exam, moderated by external PADI examiners.
To start the course you must already have completed everything from Level 1 to Level 5, taken Level 2 at least six months earlier and completed 100 logged dives. The course is preceded by a two day prep course that allows our course director to assess your strengths and identify the areas to concentrate on.
The course has two parts:
- The Assistant Instructor – you will assist the instructor training students
- The Open Water Scuba Instructor programme
Fun Dives - An option to book fun dives is also available, however, please be aware that you are required to have an open water licence to do this.
Scuba diving courses in Thailand give more than just qualifications.
If you already hold some scuba diving qualifications, you can sign on for a paid videography internship. You can train to be an underwater camera op, which opens up all sorts of great opportunities for paid work. You can start by recording people’s first diving experiences and you can go on eventually to be a full-on commercial underwater videographer. It’s a great way to get extra dive experience and also to subsidise your travels.
If you’re taking the Level 5 course and training to be a PADI Divemaster, your fee includes a full set of diving equipment that’s yours to keep – a great start if you’re thinking of a career in the diving industry.
- Buoyancy control device
- Regulator and gauge
- Kit bag
- Dive knife
- Safety pack – signaling devices
- Mask and snorkel
- Wetsuit boots
- Safety marker buoy
We supply leading brands, including Scuba Pro, Mares and Seakodive.
If you already own scuba diving equipment, we’ll subtract the cost of our kit from your fee. And if you want to upgrade any of your gear, we’ll take care of that for you.
- All accommodation
- All meals
- Professional instruction
- Course materials
- Diving equipment
- Travel insurance, which must cover you for scuba training
- Airport transfers
- Transfers between Koh Tao and Bangkok
- Any necessary visas
All accommodation is included. If your programme is for less than four weeks, you will stay in a comfortable but basic bungalow for the duration of your stay, with your own private room. Most rooms have a double bed, fan and shower. During busier periods, you may be required to share a twin room.
The bungalows are located two to three minutes walk from the dive centre. There is a small convenience shop on-site and there are a number of bars and restaurants a short walk away. Sairee beach, a popular place to sunbathe and swim is around five minutes walk from the guesthouse.
If your programme duration is for more than four weeks, you will stay in a bungalow with shared or private facilities with other participants on the programme in a resort owned by a lovely local Thai lady.
All meals are also included during your stay. You will eat at the resort restaurant where you will have food vouchers to use for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a wide choice of foods, including a number of western dishes. The menu has a good variety and caters to a number of different diets.
Your programme begins in Koh Tao on the Programme Start Date. You will be required to make your own way to Koh Tao.
Your onward travel arrangements from Koh Tao to Bangkok should be arranged for your Programme End Date. For your own health and safety, it is essential that you allow 24 hours between your final dive and any flights.
To book your flights, please contact your travel advisor who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
Minimum age 18, maximum decided on potential participant’s health
What Are The Group Sizes Like?
Groups sizes vary depending on the time of year but you can expect to be in a group of around 4-6 people on the same course as you. There will also be many other people on the same boat doing other courses as well. Koh Tao is a very social island!
Can I Make My Own Way To Koh Tao?
Yes, If you have given us your arrival ferry information we can arrange for you to be collected at the ferry dock by our partner representative.
What Visa Do I Need?
When entering Thailand you will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
As we are not medically trained we cannot give you medical advice. You must make an appointment to see your GP or travel nurse who will be able to give you the best and most up to date travel health advice and more information about vaccinations.
Is Thailand Safe?
Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
No, you don't need to take one with you.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
You can take a net if you really want to, some people do and some don't. Usually it is a good idea to use mosquito repellent especially around early morning and dusk.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
There are safety deposit boxes in the resort reception, however the reception is closed between 8:30pm and 8am in the morning. If you would prefer to leave your passports with the dive school they can lock them away in the dive shop for you.